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The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world. The US was fashioned from an incredibly disparate population who, with little in common apart from a desire to choose their own paths to wealth or heaven, rallied around the ennobling ideals of the Declaration of Independence to forge the richest, most inventive and most powerful country on earth.

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Brown Bear and cubs, Katmai NP (from '08): by vagabonds3, Views[5]
 
McDonald's in the sunshine, Kodiak: by vagabonds3, Views[4]
 
Waterfront home, Kodiak: by vagabonds3, Views[4]
 
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Work Permit Paperwork for Vietnam

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 | By mwollak | Views [121]

The bureaucratic hoops have by far been the most frustrating part of the process thus far.  I had to collect, notarize, and authenticate too many documents to count and the process has been so confusing that I have oscillated between "I've ... Read more >

Kodiak in the Sunshine

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [14]

A WHILE AFTER WE LEFT SITKA ON MONDAY EVENING, Connie and I watched as the harbor pilot Cirque du Soleil-ed from the Maasdam’s rope ladder onto the launch that would return him to port.  His isn’t a job to envy in heavy seas. ... Read more >

Sitka

Mon, 15 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [15]

WE WERE AWAKENED AT 4AM BY THE BLARING of the Maasdam’s emergency alarm.  No, we hadn’t collided with an iceberg Titanic -style, rather a smoke alarm detected an electrical overload.  The captain reassured us that the crew had ... Read more >

Ketchikan and Misty Fjords National Wilderness

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [39]

THE CAPTAIN DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF PARALLEL parking in Ketchikan, squeezing the Maasdam between the Celebrity and Carnival ships, while another, smaller, cruise ship is anchored offshore.  It isn’t yet 8AM and we can see hoards from the ... Read more >

The Aduana Experience

Sun, 14 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [44] | Comments [1]

July 11th 2019   We sent our camping stoves from Florida to Buenos Aires ahead of our flight, because we wanted to make sure they get there! Reason why: Our camping stoves had been taken from us at the airport in Buenos Aires when we flew ... Read more >

Photos: Alaska

Sat, 13 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Photo Gallery

Cruising Alaska, Russia and Japan
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Seattle to Ketchikan

Sat, 13 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [40] | Comments [1]

WE ARE GETTING PRETTY COMFORTABLE USING UBER.  As simple as the ap is, it’s still a little foreign to old farts like me.  But we successfully took Uber from Seattle’s Union Station to SeaTac, where we rented a car, then drove to ... Read more >

Coast Starlight

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [42]

YOU CAN SEE THE BEST OF AMERICA ON AMTRAK.  And some of the worst, too.  The Rockies, the California Coast and the Cascades are beautiful.  Likewise Union Stations in both Denver and LA.  Unfortunately you must enter the cities through ... Read more >

Winter in Buenos Aires!

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [42]

July 1st 2019 At the Miami airport: Smooth “sailing” with a few speed bumps, like having to wrap - and pay for - each peace of luggage (except the bike boxes) in blue nasty plastic, arguing with the nice woman at the ... Read more >

Hooray For Hollywood

Mon, 8 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [47]

HOLLYWOOD BECKONED AND WE COULDN’T RESIST — even though I admit I didn’t know half of the starred names on the Walk of Fame.  But first we had to stop at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Gehry, you may ... Read more >

California, Here We Come

Sun, 7 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [46]

COMPARED TO TRAVEL TICKETING SITES like kayak and orbitz, Amtrak is woefully lacking.  There are only a handful of trains but there are few routing options.  They don’t provide a map or even list the intermediate stops.  Which explains ... Read more >

What Have I Been Up To For The Past 4 Years?

Sat, 6 Jul 2019 | By mwollak | Views [100]

I know it's been a long time - too long - since I've written anything but sometimes life comes at you fast and you just have to do everything in your power to keep your head above water.  Professional Life: I've stayed at the same school and ... Read more >

Florida Keys

Sat, 6 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Views [47] | Comments [1]

June 30th  Ok, really, we are going to leave the USA, I promise! The heat and humidity made us give up our plan to get to Cuba   - even though there is a travel ban for US citizens, but exceptions always underline the rules ... Read more >

California Zephyr

Thu, 4 Jul 2019 | By vagabonds3 | Views [61]

IT SEEMS LIKE BOBBY BURNS WAS THINKING of us the past few days when he wrote  “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”  After driving 400 miles from Denver to Rapid City to renew our drivers licenses — they ... Read more >

Photos: Argentina to Brazil

Thu, 4 Jul 2019 | By margitpirsch | Photo Gallery


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